SAD 44 Legos team wins awards

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LEGO robotics, called First LEGO League is an international program. Our students begin working in September with a different theme featured every year. This years’ theme was Trash Trek. We have to produce a project, share it with the community to solve a problem about trash in our community or state. We looked at many types of trash and decided to tackle the plastic bag problem that all grocery stores and our landfills face. We put a box at the grocery store after talking and planning with the manager and asking the school superintendent if it was alright to do so. There is a box labeled so folks can take a bag (s) or leave bag(s) if they need it. We are hoping to reduce the use of plastic AND paper bags at our local store. In the meantime, we built a LEGO autonomous robot and we wrote programs (as a team of 10 students) to complete challenges on a 4 x 8 Foot field created by LEGO. This part of the competition is done so everyone can see. We did a qualifier at Spruce Mountain in Jay. There, we received a trophy for “Strategy and Innovation,” the team felt great, they all worked SO hard. Then we came back and worked for three more weeks before going to the Augusta Civic Center, the state meet. We came away with another trophy for “Mechanical Design” which is directly for our robot and how they designed it. It was a very successful year!
ONE team from Augusta will got to St. Louis in April and compete in the World competition. Teams across the globe have the same theme, same field mat, and same challenges as we do. FLL emphasizes Gracious Professionalism, if you do not have it or show it, you will not get far. Teams cheer for each other and are generally very well behaved because of it. It’s impressive.
It’s not easy to explain in short sentences, so there you have it!!! I’ve been doing this for 11 years here at CPS, with mixed groups from 5th -8th grade. Kate Slattery joined me last year and has been as huge asset to the team. This year we had 5 fitth graders: Logan Martin, Tess Fultz, Chelsea DuClos, Forest Pelletier, and Eli Shiffrin, middle schoolers: Utah Bean Dylan Greenberg, Romeo Villanueva, Tanner Martin and Julius Woods.  – Marie Keanelegos

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